More Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain in Vacaville

Many adults have a concern with gaining weight especially during the holiday season.

Seasonal holidays are the time where you feel obliged to overeat, indulge in a sedentary behavior, and consume foods that are high in calories. The days between mid-November and mid-January is when most adults in Western societies would normally gain an average weight of 1 pound.

If you look at it, 1 pound may not seem all that much, but some people have a hard time losing it. This concludes that the holiday season are the months where you gain weight the most.

With that in mind, holiday weight gain is not inevitable. There are methods that you can follow to avoid this dilemma and carry on with the holidays maintaining the weight that you're currently at.

1. Be more active with family and friends - It's common that most families have traditions where they engage in sedentary activities during the holidays. Being inactive can become a contributor to weight gain, especially if you're overeating at the same time. Make sure to participate in physical activities with your family or friends to have some control over your weight. It will also help take your mind off foods and make you just be focused on the bonding with your loved ones. If possible, try to sign up on races/marathons since it's probably one of the options you'll ever have.

2. Get plenty of sleep - If you lack sleep, it can also cause weight gain. Some people have less time to sleep during the holidays because of their busy schedule. If you're sleep-deprived, you tend be hungrier, exercise less, and consume more calories. It can even increase your hunger hormone levels, which can end up in a higher calorie intake. Also, inadequate sleep can lower your metabolism. This is caused by alterations in your circadian rhythm, which is a biological clock that regulates your bodily functions.

3. Manage your stress levels - You will come across lots of demands and responsibilities during the holidays which can be stressful. If you're stressed, your cortisol levels go up. Cortisol is a hormone released by your body as a response to stress. Having high cortisol levels can cause weight gain since it will make you eat more than you used to. Additionally, a stressful lifestyle will make you crave for junk foods. This is the reason why you need to keep your stress levels in check especially during the holidays because of how accessible foods are during this time. You can do some stress management techniques like exercise, yoga, meditation, and deep breathing to cope with it. Whatever you do, always find a way to cope and avoid stress in your life.

4. Eat more fiber - Fiber is a nutrient that promotes fullness. There are studies which shows that an increased intake of fiber can help reduce your total calorie consumption. This is a very helpful method to prevent you from overeating and gaining weight during the holidays. The unfortunate thing about holiday foods is that fiber is not present in most of them. So, it's important to find the time to eat a lot of fiber-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains. You can incorporate this technique an hour or so before your eating session so that you won't crave so much for the foods displayed on the table.

5. Skip seconds - Holiday meals are sometimes served in a buffet-style which can be disastrous for your weight. This option will prompt you to eat in unlimited amounts especially if you find yourself in a buffet where the foods are cooked to perfection. Not only will it make people go for second rounds, but probably for a third, fourth, and so on. Having multiple helpings will make the calories you consumed contribute to weight gain. So, if possible, try to limit yourself to only just one plate.

Hopefully, the holidays will no longer be too much of a problem for you especially on your weight. If you want are looking for help with weight loss in Vacaville, you can consult with Dr. Alex Tam to help you lose all the weight that you have gained during the holidays. He currently works at the top chiropractic and holistic center in the Solano county so it's a guarantee that you'll get astounding results with his help.

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